Apr 14th, 2017

From Parking Garages to Street Theater

You’re invited to a free presentation and tour sponsored by UCFA about the transformation of one of Salt Lake City’s most disliked and even notorious downtown streets into a place you’d show off to out-of-town visitors. Regent Street is being re-discovered from its days as a dark tunnel between concrete parking garages and vacant loading docks to a sunny link in the City’s growing arts and culture core.

The revitalization of Regent Street is the second major piece following the opening of the Eccles Performing Arts Center toward realizing goals for the Main & Regent District. These goals include creating new places where people can live, work and play downtown, extending the clock in the heart of Salt Lake City and activating the interior of the block. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and gauge your own response to this new development.

The presentation and tour will be Monday, April 24, 2:30 p.m., beginning in the new Eccles Performing Arts Center, 131 S Main St., Salt Lake City. It will include a tour of the theater as well as the surrounding urban development. Space is limited. Click here to register.

Presenters include:

  • Christine Richman, AICP  Chair, ULI Utah (Moderator)
  • Steve Swisher, AIA  President GTS Development
  • Matt Baldwin, President City Creek Reserve
  • Justin Belliveau, former-CAO Salt Lake City RDA

We will start with a presentation in the new Eccles Theater followed by a tour of the theater and Regent Street. Wear your walking shoes!


Dec 14th, 2016

Sharing the Fun and Importance of Design

UCFA welcomes your donations to make our 2017 programs possible. This is a short summary of what’s coming up:

For children:  For the first time, children in an after-school program at the Refugee & Immigrant Center will be expanding their communications, math, art and science skills through UCFA’s award-winning program Educating Elementary Children Through Architecture. Volunteers Laura Rosenberg and Jessica Wadsworth will be working there with kids two afternoons a week. EECTA volunteers will also be engaging fifth graders at Canyon View Elementary and Highland Park Elementary. 25-30 volunteers are still needed (architects, designers, architectural students) for all classrooms. See our Youth Education program for more information.

For adults: The Utah Architects Project highlights Utah’s architecture from 1947-present via the profiles of prominent architects of the time, including images of their work. New profiles of post-1950 practitioners are now posted and reflect changes to the site to include pinpoint maps, descriptions of the architecture, and biographical narratives. (See William M. Browing profile as example)    Now that site changes have been made, thanks to volunteer Pat Thompson, new profiles will be added fairly quickly. UCFA is partnered with the American West Center and the J. W. Marriott Library Special Collections to assure this living, online database is historically accurate and permanently backed up. Kudos to our graduate student researcher Chelsey Zamir for her wonderful work.

Architecture Week 2017: We’re looking for volunteers to help make Architecture Week reach more people than ever with interesting and fun tours, events and activities for all ages. Contact UCFA president Clio Rayner, AIA, at GSBS Architects or email info@utahcfa.org for more information.


Feb 2nd, 2016

2016 Architecture Week April 25-30

If you are a fan of interesting architecture, set aside time April 25-30 for Architecture Week! This year, we’re featuring performing arts facilities—those places where we lose ourselves for a few hours in the company of others to experience the finest music, drama, dance, and performance of every kind. What goes into designing a performance venue, including areas an audience never sees? How do these special buildings fit into the urban fabric? What do they say about our culture? We’re offering a free film screening Thursday evening, April 28, and a public tour Friday, the 29th, as unique opportunities for learning about four of Utah’s premier performing arts venues in Salt Lake City. See Events & Tours for more information.

Apr 10th, 2015

The People’s Buildings – 2015 Architecture Week

Architecture-Week-LogoArchitecture Week Registration & Calendar

Join us for presentations, tours, and the always wonderful “Box City” display to celebrate Architecture Week, April 20-25. All UCFA events are free and open to the public.

This year, our theme draws from the great Thomas Jefferson, nation-builder and architect, who believed a new republic deserved a fitting civic architecture. We’ll have a free, public presentation Wednesday evening by historical and architectural experts that will take you from the theories of Mr. Jefferson to reflections on today’s sleek, security-conscious designs. Friday afternoon, pick a walking tour of civic buildings in one of four cities–Salt Lake, Ogden, Provo, or West Jordan.

Friday, drop by the AIA Utah office at noon to hear an informal, brown-bag presentation by University of Utah researchers on their discoveries about post-World War II Utah architects and their impact on our state.

And don’t miss the colorful Box City created by over 250 elementary children filling the SLC Main Public Library’s Urban Room from Monday evening through Friday. Parents, students, teachers, architect mentors, and the community are invited to the opening Box City “dedication” Monday evening at 7:00.

You can wrap up the week by attending the Utah Heritage Foundation’s annual Historic Homes Tour of SLC’s Harvard/Princeton Neighborhood. You can register for this ticketed event through their website.

Box City 2014


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AIA Utah
Alder Sales Corporation
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University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning


Apr 18th, 2014

Join Us! First Architecture Week in Utah

Architecture-Week-LogoIt’s official. Governor Herbert has signed a proclamation declaring April 27-May 3 Architecture Week in Utah—a first in this state! (View Proclamation:  Architecture Week, April 27-May 3 2014)

We created Architecture Week in Utah as a way of inviting people to look more closely at their neighborhoods and urban environments, and to appreciate inspired design where it occurs. Architecture Week Calendar

The theme, ‘This Is Where We Live,’ suggests embracing our surroundings as they are—the good and the bad, the picturesque and the banal, places with potential and places that need protecting. To that end, UCFA has organized or co-sponsored several tours and prepared a special exhibit directed to parents to accompany the unveiling of this year’s “Box City” by elementary school students.

The tours are all very different. If you haven’t been to Ogden lately, take the “Reintroducing the Trolley District” tour of historic 25th Street and streetcar neighborhoods east of Washington Boulevard led by landscape architect Shalae Larsen and Sue Wilkerson. The Brett Donnelly Gallery in Ogden will be exhibiting ”Form, Space and Concept” an exhibit of models created by architects to explore concepts, ideas, and functions that ultimately are developed into habitable spaces.

A tour of downtown Salt Lake City will highlight late 19th and early 20th century commercial architecture designed by Richard Kletting, architect of the Capitol. That will be led by architect Allen Roberts, AIA, a preservationist who has researched Kletting over many years.

Compare the historic Cathedral of the Madeleine on South Temple with the newest Catholic church in Utah—the St. Joseph the Worker in West Jordan. Its contemporary design has earned the architectural firm state and regional design awards and reflects the people and history of this west-side parish.

Accompany University of Utah honors students and landscape architect Mark Morris, ASLA, for an interactive tour of Sugar House Park co-sponsored by Jane Jacobs Walk. (Walking tour location map)

Architecture Week coincides with events marking the end of the College of Architecture + Planning academic year, and we invite you to see what the students graduating in the professional architecture program have achieved.

All events are free, open to the public, and accessible.

Monday, April 28

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
College of Architecture + Planning: Master’s Project Reception and Exhibit, Bailey Hall, University of Utah. Congratulate the graduating students and see their creative designs. Refreshments provided.

April 28 – April 30
“Box City” exhibit opens in the Urban Room of the Salt Lake City Main Public Library at 6:00 p.m. EECTA presentation takes place Wednesday, the 30th (see below).

Tuesday, April 29

Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Walking tour of late 19th and early 20th century commercial buildings in downtown Salt Lake City designed by Richard Kletting, architect of the Utah Capitol. Meet in the courtyard of the Boston & Newhouse Buildings on Exchange Place at Main St.  Led by Allen Roberts, AIA, historic preservation expert and CRSA president.

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Architectural and art tour of the Cathedral of the Madeleine led by a Deacon Lynn Johnson and architect Michael Stransky, FAIA. The Cathedral was dedicated in 1909 and went through an extensive interior renovation 1991-93. It is on the Utah Register of Historic Sites and the National Register of Historic Places.

Wednesday, April 30

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Educating Elementary Children Through Architecture (EECTA) Box City Awards presentation and new exhibit about design principles taught through EECTA for adults. Salt Lake City Main Public Library Urban Room and Auditorium. Box City closes.

Friday, May 2

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Walking tour: “East of Washington: Reintroducing the Trolley District” of Odgen’s  historic 25th Street and original streetcar neighborhoods led by co-authors of Ogden’s Historic Trolley District Book, Shalae Larsen, ASLA PLA and Sue Wilkerson. Tour begins at Union Station. Co-sponsored by the Trolley Distrct Community Council. Refreshments provided.

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Exhibit: Brett Donnelly Gallery in Ogden hosts ”Form, Space and Concept” an exhibit of models created by architects and architectural students to explore concepts, ideas, and functions that ultimately are developed into habitable spaces.

Saturday, May 3

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

“Rethinking Sugar House Park”, a Jane Jacobs Walk, will be led by University Honors students who studied it in depth and recently shared capital improvement ideas for the park with the Sugar House Park Authority. The walk will allow participants to share ideas and re-envision the park (see map for tour route). Co-sponsored by UCFA. Walking tour location map.

11:00 a.m. – Noon
Walking tour of late 19th and early 20th century commercial buildings in downtown Salt Lake City designed by Richard Kletting, architect of the Utah Capitol. Meet in the courtyard of the Boston & Newhouse Buildings on Exchange Place at Main St.  Led by Allen Roberts, AIA, historic preservation expert and CRSA president.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Tour of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, completed in 2011, designed by Sparano & Mooney Architecture, at 7405 S Redwood Road, West Jordan. Received the Design Arts Award from the Utah Arts Council, an Excellence in Concrete Award from the American Concrete Institute, and Merit Awards from AIA Western Mountain Region and from AIA Utah.


May 7th, 2012

Elementary Students Imagine Their Dream City

On April 18, over 300 kids, parents and architects crowded into the urban room of the Main Public Library in downtown Salt Lake City to see the final “box city” laid out. 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students in 13 classrooms had transformed cereal boxes, paper towel rolls and construction paper into bright cities, with all the important places—from dog parks to movie theaters.

For the past 8 weeks the students explored the world of design and city planning with young architects and University of Utah architectural students through the Educating Elementary Children Through Architecture program (EECTA), sponsored by the Utah Center for Architecture and the Young Architects Forum of AIA Utah.

The architectural volunteers teach the kids about scale, space, structure, rhythm, building types, planning and presentation skills. Once the students explore design basics, they collaborate in groups to make big decisions about what to build, what materials to use, and where roads should connect. Along the way, they learn more about science, social science and improve their communication skills.

The program was created in 2004 by the Young Architects Forum and approved by the State for teaching core curriculum subjects. Local firms generously donate staff time and additional materials. This year’s program was led by Tami Beck, Assoc. AIA, of GSBS Architects.

To get involved in EECTA, contact Tami Beck at 801-521-8600.